Orkney Island Treasures
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5000 years. You then continue on to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor centre.
See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago. From here it is only a 200m walk to visit Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor. Skaill was built by Bishop George Graham in 1620 on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period. In its 400-year history all 12 of its Lairds have been related and all have contributed to the history and collection in the house.
Return to your coach and continue this circular route following the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both World Wars.